Other common names: Honduras Curly Hair Tarantula; Curlyhair Tarantula; Honduran Curlyhair Tarantula; Wooly Tarantula
Scientific name: Brachypelma albopilosum
The Curly Hair Tarantula is a terrestrial species native to the tropical forests of Central America, from Costa Rica to Honduras. They are opportunistic burrowers - taking over other unoccupied burrows if given the chance.
The Curly Hair Tarantula is a popular pet tarantula, and is considered to have a docile temperament. Being a terrestrial species, they can kick urticating hairs when startled or provoked.
Appearance / health:
This tarantula can grow up to 5 inches. Curlyhair Tarantulas have gold and tan hairs covering their bodies. The legs are a darker brown, compared to the mostly bronze carapace. This is one fine-looking spider without being exceedingly colorful. Also, as their common name suggests, most Curlyhair Tarantulas have hair that looks curly (actually more wavy than curly).
Behavior / temperament:
The Curly Hair Tarantula is a docile and calm species. They also make great display or show spiders since they can be taken out and handled. These tarantulas seem to have more personality then some of the other recommended species for beginners. Overall, Curlyhair Tarantulas are great for anybody, beginner and novice a like.
Spiderlings can live in a clear plastic container with small air holes. Adults can live in a 5 to 10-gallon tank. Floor space is more important than height.
Humidity for the tank needs to be kept between 75-80% and the temperatures should be around 70-80F. Substrate should be eco earch (bed-a-beast), potting soil, vermiculite, peat moss, etc. The substrate should also be 3-5 inches deep as they like to burrow. Provide rocks, logs, and other décor that they would be able to hide in. They may burrow under the décor as well. Water should be provided in a wide shallow dish and changed regularly.
Spiderlings eat pinhead crickets, and other small insects. Adults eat crickets, other large insects, small lizards, pinkie mice, and an occasional fuzzy mouse. Offer food 1-2 times a week.
Sexing the animals is relatively easy, as males are a fair bit smaller than females and are typically more colorful. When the male is ready to breed, he will spin a sperm web. This is when you should introduce the male into the females enclosure. The male will search for the female by scent, and will trail it until he reaches her burrow. He will then enter the burrow and the female will either attack and chase him away, or will accept his company. If he thinks she is receptive, he will back slowly out of the burrow enticing her to follow him. Once they reach the edge of the burrow, the male will approach the female carefully and gently touch her with his front legs, then retreat. This is repeated a number of times, during which time he tries to establish if the female is willing to copulate. He is always very careful, as he may lose his life if the female is not in a good mood.
Great pets, excellent temperment, calm spider, best beginner tarantulas
outright boring.B. albopilosum
deep holes, slow growing tarantula, crazy hair, terrestrial tarantula, fascinating burrows
"ok so i got my first tarantula but the happiness was short lived i had him for 2 days then something happened what was actually very interesting to see and experience,i thought he was dieing but actually he was just shedding. that was very interesting to see and now my interest in spiders is growing so i might just get some more but i do think this time i would like to get colorful ones. i don't have to much experience with spiders but a curly hair is definitely recommended he didn't bite me once yet and i handled him a couple of times but it is something for me to get used to. is there maby any spider owners out there that could recommend me some nice colorful spiders?."
From rangerboy Dec 27 2014 5:06PM
"This gentle giant is a perfect tarantula for the first time keeper. I have kept these for quite some time now and I have always enjoyed keeping them. They are a very hardy species that can tolerate changes in climate and temperature quite well and the best attribute of these spiders is their amazing gentle docile nature. I would recommend this species to beginners. It is one of the top three species of Tarantula you can keep in my opinion. They do very well on a diet of crickets, mice and dubia roaches. A highly recommended species to keep.."
From RobWedderburn Dec 15 2015 2:28AM